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Updated February 2023
We had a cheap and cheerful staycation in Norfolk back in May – paying just £66 for our accommodation booked through the Sun Newspaper. Our main day out whilst we were away was at Bewilderwood Adventure Park.
What’s there for the kids to do?
Bewilderwood is a very natural setting for an outdoorsy day out – a world away from the hustle and bustle of your typical theme park.
The journey into the park begins and ends with a boat ride – with the driver telling the story of the Boggles and Twiggles. The whole site is themed around a set of books and the characters within them.
The adventure park is based around play areas, zip lines, slides and mazes.
What facilities are there?
There are two restaurants on-site, as well as food huts for ice-creams. We brought our own food, so I can’t comment on cost or quality – but they do advise that food is locally sourced etc.
There’s tons of parking, which is free. In the event of wet weather, the park remains open so bring raincoats just in case – the slides will be closed until the bad weather stops but the shelter from the trees should allow you to carry on with your day until it passes. Dogs are not allowed.
Is it good value for money?
These are the current entrance prices: (February 2023)
Although the kids enjoyed our day at Bewilderwood, I was quite surprised that it kept them amused for as long as it did. I think it’s definitely best suited to children under 10, and a lot of the storytelling and activities around the park are aimed at much younger children.
Unlike other places that we’ve visited, such as Greenwood Family Park, Blackgang Chine or Knockhatch Adventure Park, there were no real rides or attractions at Bewilderwood. It’s essentially a series of play areas within the woods. And, in comparison to these other similarly priced days out, I don’t think Bewilderwood presented the same value for money. (It actually cost us more than our accommodation for the week! 😂)
My husband and I did go on a few zip-lines and some of the play equipment, but the adult tickets are expensive considering that it’s very child based and you’ll spend a lot of time watching the kids play. We were on holiday with other family members, but we didn’t bring them with us for this day out as it seemed a lot of money to pay for grandparents to observe the kids playing.
One positive was that the other activities such as crafts, story-telling and face-painting where are all included in the entry price – no hidden costs.
Overall, we enjoyed our day but thought it was expensive for what was on offer, and probably better value for money for those with younger children. (Especially as kiddies under 92cm enter for free – so if you had little ones and were just paying for an adult or two it could be a really reasonably priced day out!)
Useful information for your visit…
Pets: No dogs
Parking: Yes, free
Facilities: Restaurants, food huts, parking, toilets, picnic areas
Address: BeWILDerwood Norfolk, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8JW
For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.